If you had surgery to repair a hernia in 2005, 2006 and possibly as late as 2007, and you experienced post-surgery complications such as bowel perforation, bladder perforation or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between intestines and other organs) these complications may have been caused by a defective mesh used by your surgeon to repair the hernia.
Certain products manufactured by Bard, known as Kugel Mesh patches, have been recalled for manufacturing and design defects. These particular patches contain a 'memory ring which was designed to maintain the shape of the patch and make it easier for the surgeon to secure the patch during surgery. However, these “memory rings” were found to have a significant incidence of breakage. The broken rings can then puncture or damage surrounding organs, including the bowel or bladder.
Bowel and bladder perforations are serious post-surgery complications. Such perforations are often the result of a defective product, such as the Bard Kugel Mesh, or surgical negligence. Failure of a surgeon or other clinician to promptly diagnose and repair the perforation, can lead to serious infection, sepsis and, in some cases, death.
If you had hernia surgery in 2005 to 2007, and you experienced post-surgery complications, Bard's Kugel Mesh patches may have been used in your surgery. If you have experienced infection or sepsis as a result of a surgical perforation, you may have been the victim of medical negligence. Please contact our office and we would be happy to review the matter with you.